For me, being open about my queerness (specifically my bisexuality and nonbinaryness) is important. This is because it is something I take pride in. Though I understand that not everyone wants to be out and proud, and that’s perfectly valid, I choose to be out because it is a part of who I am, and I don’t think I should hide that from anyone (unless I think the situation is too unsafe to be LGBTQ+, or I’m not up to on a particular day) – additionally, being out and proud just gives me a sense of happiness. Though I will admit that I wasn’t out and proud during secondary school, so overtime I have become more and more proud of my identity – so I guess that claiming my identity as a queer person has become a sort of empowering and radical act in some way.
In real life, I do this by wearing my ‘Pride’ jacket and my rainbow t-shirt. In addition, I will wear my pride flags when I go to Freedom Youth (a youth group for LGBTQ+ young people), and talk to friends about all the shenanigans about what cishet people are up to (though I will also do this with my online friends). This gives me a great sense of Pride in my identity because I can openly laugh at what cishet people are like with like – minded individuals. Furthermore, I have made some of the best friends I think I have ever had. I’ve also made a blog post as to why I love being a transmasculine nonbinary person, and you can read it here.
Whilst online I may share something on social media about something relating to the LGBTQ+ community. I will also post LGBTQ+ related stuff onto this blog – be it personal experiences and / or thoughts or book reviews – this gives me a great sense of pride in my identity because I can openly share my experiences, which will hopefully help someone. Like I mentioned before, coming out has allowed me to make some of my closest friends who listen to me during dysphoric episodes, and are just some of the best friends I have ever had – as well as being LGBTQ+, I can talk to them about non-LGBTQ+ topics such as Steven Universe or Hamilton, which is great because I can a). geek out about something I’m interested in, and b). I can gush about feelings about these fandoms I’m in. It also gives us a basis of conversation, which is also nice.
Speaking of my blog, I wanted to share my experiences and thoughts because I feel as though it will be my form of activism – with the current political climate going on at the moment, I feel as though being an LGBTQ+ activist is as important as ever. Plus, running an LGBTQ+ blog has given me more media experience, due to the fact that I’m studying a media course this September (but don’t worry, I’ll try and update the blog as much as I can during university).
I’ve also written some blog post as to why I like being visibly queer – while they’re not directly linked, I’ve written about why I think labels and self-identification are important, and what labels I currently use to identify myself. I wanted to link these into this post because, specifically with the labels post, it is something I personally find interesting. These have also helped me to be more visibly queer because they have helped me map out who I am, and have made me realise that being a part of the LGBTQ+ community isn’t the only aspect of who I am – but being a part of the LGBTQ+ community is still a huge part of who I am.